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Moorish Cafe

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37 Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
+61 8 8981 0010
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Jabiru, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Moorish Cafe is our absolute favourite place to eat whenever we visit Darwin, so it was a no brainer that we booked here for our baby's 1st birthday meal. The staff are all so attentive, and our little boy was given plenty of attention! The food was incredible as always- the chicken liver pate being a fave of our boy!... More 

1 Thank Waggy2804
Darwin, Australia
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95 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lunch special (3 dishes and a drink) is good value for $25. The food is very tasty and is quite a good range to pick from. I always enjoy going there for lunch.

1 Thank travelpeeks
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here on a recommendation from friends. Staff were very lovely but the atmosphere was a bit off - very loud, odd seating and the food over seasoned/oily. Will try again in case I got them on a bad night but there are just as great if not better tapas places elsewhere.

Thank Dylan S
Perth, Australia
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for dinner at Moorish before a show on Friday night. We decided to go with a few Tapas dishes each. We went with Grilled Pork Belly, Scallops, Oven Roasted Feta, Local Jew Fish, Zucchini Fritters and Berber Spiced Kangaroo, they were all delicious. Staff were pleasant and helpful. I look forward to my next visit.

Thank Juanita1982
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read positive reviews we had dinner here on a Saturday during our weekend stay in Darwin (from Sydney). Without sounding rude, this place is terrible, even for Darwin standards. The food was either cold, tasteless, of poor quality or poorly cooked. Avoid this place if you want a good meal.

Thank PGH1010
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Darwin for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and four of us spent a fabulous afternoon having lunch at the Moorish Cafe after flying in from Adelaide. The Tapas was amazing - especially the warm feta, fried chorizo and the white anchovies with capers and red capsicum. Great coffee too. The service was professional, friendly and attentive. Would... More 

1 Thank SeppeltsfieldVC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I am ever in Darwin. I will come here. the food is wonderful. We had the morocco tapas style food. Amazing. Great selection of wines and beers. Atmosphere is lively, not a greatt place if wanting quiet. Down side was that at times service was not quick enough. Manager apologised and threw in coffees.

1 Thank DavidGHooper
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The Tapas are not typically Spanish but Australian-Morrocan! Service is rather patronising and disjointed.Disappointing after reading good reviews on trip advisor

Thank austintravel2016
Darwin, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Moorish Café is an unassuming wee place from the outside but let me tell you that the magic happens inside. The tapas are extremely moorish (pardon the pun) and a fantastic way to share all the different dishes amongst friends. The atmosphere is always up beat and buzzing. If you find yourself in Darwin and looking for a place to... More 

1 Thank carolforde
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Ordered 5 things off the tapas menu. I enjoyed one, The prawns were good & creamy. The lamb was plain with a mild spicy sauce. Pork was meh. Pita bread and some sort basil & garlic sort of potato dip was boring. Cuttlefish sauce wasn't to my pallet. I ordered cider and received the wrong on. To their credit they... More 

Thank Callem D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$42
Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8981 0010
Moorish Café is adorned with exotic aromas, local artistry, banquette seating and a new modern look with exquisite tables and comfy chairs to truly savour the ambience. Darwin's ten-time Gold Plate Awards winner is also playing with more vivacious flavours from Spain and North Africa. The fascinating menu, features fresh local ingredients, hosts over 30 different tapas with edgy additions like the Grilled sumac spiced NT barramundi with bloodless bloody Mary and the King Salmon and Sichuan pepper pâté with fennel confit. To compliment a drop from the acclaimed cellar of older vintages try the Baharat spiced kangaroo fillet with pickled beetroot, smoked chat potatoes and goat cheese sauce, grilled NT Goldband Snapper fillet with roasted cherry tomatoes and chunky chips, sumptuous slow-cooked tagine or Dukkah crusted Black Angus eye fillet on sweet potato mash with bone marrow and red wine reduction. From private function feasts to intimate dinners for two, Moorish Café creates something delectable for every taste.

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